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GUWAHATI: Barak Upatyaka Banga Sahitya O Sanskriti Sammelan, the apex literary body of this valley drew attention of Union minister for human resource development Smriti Irani toward poor communication network of Barak Valley areas of Assam.
The literary body in a memorandum to Irani during her visit to Silchar this week mentioned the hurdles towards completion of the Saurastra-Silchar East-West corridor project, a brain-child of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, is yet to be removed.
Work for the project is stopped at a 32-km stretch between Balacherra and Harangajao in Dima Hasao district due to absence of forest and environment clearance by both Assam government and the centre.
"May we request to take up the matter with the concerned department for removal of the transport bottleneck in the region", BUBSSS urged upon the Union minister.
It also urged upon the minister for a separate economic development council for the all round socio-economic and educational development of the Barak Valley "under the circumstances of abject deprivation and negligence of the right of the people in this undeveloped part of southern Assam".
BUBSSS also told Irani that even though Bengali is taught in the degree colleges in the districts of Dima Hasao and Karbi Anglong in Assam, the language (Bengali) is yet to be introduced in the PG classes in the Diphu campus of Assam University Silchar.
It was brought to the notice that the century old Normal School, established in 1906, is a repository of vast treasure of manuscripts of medieval period and historical relics of ancient times. But these need be preserved scientifically by the well equipped and trained personnel, absence of which these valuable matters are fast dying out. BUBSSS sought intervention of Irani to do needful to preserve the manuscripts.